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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by ApproachMedium
 
Operating system is propritary ALSTOM ONYX System. The data is loaded onto a type of volatile memory, i am assuming at the time was suitable for the needs of this system without any issues and contained enough storage space. The tech running these traction drive electronics comes from the mid 90s. Same MPU and AGATE system as the HHP8 but with different software.

The software is loaded via a PCMCIA flash card inserted into a programming module. I have done this a number of times, since the HHP and AEM7 shared the same AGATES(Gate drive electronics module) they often shipped with no software so all we had to do was load correct software per loco and away we go. once the battery is dead, the software is dead too until battery is replaced and software re loaded. if you ever had Zelda as a kid on NES you can understand the pain. This works the same way!
  by Tadman
 
If those toasters were sitting around in layup with pans down for a few years out east, isn't it a safe assumption that the software is already gone?
  by ApproachMedium
 
Tadman wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:04 am If those toasters were sitting around in layup with pans down for a few years out east, isn't it a safe assumption that the software is already gone?
No because the units that got moved to Rhode Island last month most of them the software was still intact. The recommendation is every 4-5 years on the batteries but they could possibly last longer. Extreme temps are not always favorable. Its really not the biggest deal, it can be reloaded BUT if you do not have the correct tools to do it, and the software files. Its useless.
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